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March 20, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Cadbury "golden vouchers" take winners to the Olympics
    Cadbury has placed "golden vouchers" in specially marked packages for 18 product lines, and the vouchers can be redeemed for hundreds of Olympic packages that include airfare, accommodations and tickets to the games. The brand, which is Official Treat Provider of the Games, is also giving 1,000 prizes a day, linked to codes on the packages, which customers can check on the website. CatererSearch.com (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frankford Candy introduces Welch's Filled Licorice
    Frankford Candy has launched Welch's Filled Licorice, with fruit-flavored filling inside soft licorice. "Our goal with Welch’s was to create a unique, great-tasting product that leverages Welch’s brand strength with consumers," said Kurt Dungan, the company's marketing vice president. CandyAndSnackToday.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Just Born puts Peepster tour in gear
    Just Born has begun a tour of the Peepster, a yellow Volkswagen topped with a large Peeps chick. During the Peeps Magical Moments Tour, the car will travel through the Midwest and South, stopping for photo opportunities and to hand out coupons and products. CandyAndSnackToday.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kroger: One company with many names and variations
    Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain, is far from homogeneous, with a dozen banners and with stores that vary depending on the market. "I think they are trying to take those best practices that they have learned, like their fuel-discount programs, and extend those assets to those other brands," said Neil Stern, senior partner at McMillan Doolittle, who noted that Kroger has grown by acquiring established grocery chains. Supermarket News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Sweets & Snacks…there’s an app for that!
The 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® Mobile App is a time-saving tool available for virtually all smart phones and the ipad. It is a custom-designed, native application that will function anywhere on the show floor and gives you access to exhibitor listings and brochures, speaker sessions, an exclusive Twitter feed about the show, and a walking map of the show floor. Download now by searching your app store for "SSE12" or "sweets expo".
 

  Diet & Health 
  • Launches of dark chocolate focus on health
    To maximize chocolate's health benefits, companies are launching dark-chocolate bars with a higher concentration of cocoa and little or no sugar. "The higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher the flavanol content, the higher the antioxidant content and thus we believe the greater positive health benefit," said Joy Dubost, a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Wall Street Journal (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Lugar talks sugar at Farm Bill hearing
    During last week's Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the Farm Bill, Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., discussed the sugar program while Jelly Belly Candy Co. submitted this testimony and the Coalition for Sugar Reform submitted this testimony. Sen. Lugar referenced a Canadian brochure urging confectioners to move their plants to Canada where sugar is cheaper. Lugar also stated that U.S. confectioners must import sugar at unreasonable prices, and asked USDA to remove the Sugar Act from the Farm Bill. Under Secretary Michael Scuse responded that there are many factors affecting sugar price, including weather issues and decreases in beet crops, and said USDA is required to run the sugar program at no cost. Contact Liz Reilly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What happens if your data is breached?
    Does your company take orders over the Internet? Do you store your customers' credit card information? Do you store your employees' Social Security or driver's license numbers? Are you able to determine and what your financial exposure would be if this data fell into the wrong hands? The NCA Insurance Program has access to the leading markets and a proprietary policy for network security liability coverage with affordable coverage for today's confectionery manufacturers, distributors, and brokers. Contact Bonnie Gauerke at (800) 222-4664, ext. 1635, or blg@telcominsgrp.com for a quote today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Firmenich developing flavor-encapsulation crystals
    Officials with Firmenich said the company is developing technology that encapsulates flavors in crystals, allowing greater use of volatile molecules. "Such compounds are key components of flavors that could offer improved freshness or authenticity when used in powdered beverages, confections, and/or savory mixes," said the company's Matthew Sillick. FoodNavigator (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King"
--Emily Dickinson,
American poet


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